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Dylan Reynolds LaserCraft Services06/10/2012 17:39:16
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I am on the verge of taking my A, been told i'm ready for it, landings, take-offs, dead sticks etc etc, I know the BMFA book better than the BMFA

But, its now been 3 weeks since I have managed to get in the air, with the bad weather, even today, weather was perfect but the field is so water logged you can't take off with anything less than monster truck wheels fixed, and landings, well even the best pilots at the club are struggling with touch down, sudden stop, nose over syndrom.

But how do I stay ready for my A without getting the air time in? Simulator I hear yopu all scream....but its not the same, I get very bored with it very quickly and start playing and lose focus, nothing beats real air time, but I can't get any in! and I can't see this weather improving untill the ground is frozen over, but I just got a funny feeling this winter is gonna get wetter

It's all very dis-heartening

Andy Gates06/10/2012 17:55:22
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No sweat Dylan, make some skis for your machine to replace the wheels and the ground conditions will be irrelevant.

Then the only fight you will have is the wind and rain.

Dealing with the wind comes with experience, so even if you can't fly your own machine, still go to the field when the experience guys go there and learn how they handle the wind. They may make adjustments to adapt the model to deal with the conditions which may help your machine.

You could even ask them to buddy you in the greater wind conditions with your model so you can get used to the way your machine handles.

Dylan Reynolds LaserCraft Services06/10/2012 18:00:34
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Cheers Andy, wind is no problem, we get a lot of it here in the Lythe Valley, you have to get used to it, its the terrential rain, and stormy winds and water that will not soak away even after a week, but thats not helpde by even more rain. The pitts today were just a mud bath, the strip a lake and the taxi way a river sad

Chris Jones 706/10/2012 18:45:04
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By a float plane?

Dylan Reynolds LaserCraft Services06/10/2012 18:56:01
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lol dont you start! we already have a member from Windermere float club telling us to stick floats on everything wink

ken anderson.06/10/2012 19:05:42
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hello dylan...what about a glider...nowt special.....a foamy...you are surrounded by hills over where you are......

ken anderson....ne...1....... gliders dept....

Dylan Reynolds LaserCraft Services06/10/2012 19:13:14
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Yeah I am thinking about that one Ken, nice idea

Bob Cotsford07/10/2012 10:25:55
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Flight sim? I have to admit I find them like all computer games, they don't hold my attention in the same way that the real thing does, and I find it a bit of a grind using the sim to practise.

MikeS07/10/2012 10:36:16
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Pretty much the same at my club. With all the rain I am waiting for the cold calm days to come. I find even after a few weeks of none flying as soon as I am back in the air it's all fine.

I would agree with Ken on buying a small faomie to fly thats easy to hand launch to keep the stick time up.

As good as sims are even I find I go in to practice a new move and then get bored.

Hay why not build a flying boat with retracts best of both worlds.

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